So the beginning of Movember is here and it’s time to brew my advent calendar beer for the brew club! Melissa was helping with this brew day taking lots of photos and helping out, especially when the rain came and we were scrambling to setup the canopy ha ha. For the BrewVic Advent Calendar I am sending a Milk Stout, I have brewed a few stouts so far but not a milk stout. The entire brew day was super smooth, the weather was terrible with heavy rain on and off the whole day but we had a canopy and big umbrella to keep us and the equipment dry.
Today I finally experienced a truly stuck sparge for the first time since I have started using the mash tun and I had to call in Duncan to assist in getting it unstuck lol. The mash tun was full to the brim and when I was putting the lid on I pushed it several times to get it on but it would not sit because the cooler was full, pushing any fine grain/dust into the manifold line packing tightly. We managed to clear the blockage and Duncan got some hot wort on his hands but he was ok and then the vorlaughing and sparge started.
This is a 10 gallon batch so I had to drain the mash tun into a couple brew pales and then I combined the wort into the kettle to get the boil going. This recipe has 2 hop additions, the first at 60 for bittering and the second at 10 for aroma and flavor, there is also a 15 minute addition of Irish Moss (fining agent) and Lactose (Milk Sugar) to make it a milk stout. The lactose is just poured in and stirred until dissolved which takes no time at all really. Once the boil was complete I chilled the wort down to 21°c and racked it into a 15g fermenter and pitched a Windsor Yeast. The entire brew day ended with a 80% Brew House Efficiency so I am very happy with that, it’s starting to become the average efficiency so things are definitely going in the right direction. I really look forward to trying this once it’s finished and especially to send it off for the BrewVic Advent Calendar.